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July 27, 2008
Parents' Day
Take Your Houseplants for a Walk Day
Walk on Stilts Day

Skip Holtz (07/24/08 - Sportstime Extra)
sports56whbq.com

Johnson, Titans agree to contract
   Former Pirate gets 5-year deal
Greenville Daily Reflector

Johnson signs with Titans
Washington Daily News (AP)

Top pick Johnson gets $12 million contract
The Tennesseean

Titans agree to terms with first-round pick Johnson
titansonline.com

ECU Ladies Clinic shows real women love, know football
New Bern Sun Journal

Ex-Salem QB finds right path at Greenbrier
Hampton Roads Daily Press

July 26, 2008
National Day of the Cowboy
Anniversary - American Disabilities Act

From Bonesville.net
BVL Audio: Skip Holtz & June Jones
Talk FM: TOT (David Garrard, Jack Betts)

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
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Holland ready for C-USA changes
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Former Pirate Brooks settling into WS bullpen
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New hotels will add 300 rooms to area

2008 East Carolina Football Preview
conferenceusa.com

Jacksonville Jaguars- What to watch for
Orlando Sentinel

Titans' Haynesworth happy with short deal
   With Haynesworth's deal, only first-round draft pick Chris Johnson, the 24th pick overall, remained unsigned.
BlueRidgeNow.com

July 25, 2008
Day-Out-Of-Time
National Scrabble Championship
Birthday - 1st Test Tube Baby

From Bonesville.net
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Bradsher: The Bradsher Beat
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Coaching: More than meets the eye

Talk FM
: TOT (Phil Steele, Gene Arnold)

Pirates looking to plug holes up front
   Trying to replace an NFL caliber player is a difficult chore for a college position coach. Having to replace two NFL-worthy stars, well, that’s darn near impossible.
Washington Daily News

BSU's Johnson could have played Hawaii Bowl
espn.com

July 24, 2008
Cousin's Day

From Bonesville.net
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Batten: Football Recruiting Report
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For Booth, there's no place like home
-BVL: Updated Recruiting Thumbnails (Mike Price)
Talk FM: TOT (Tom Campbell, Paul Alexander)

Mack McCarthy's Letters of Marque - Week 10
ecupirates.com

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
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Mollenhauer moves up
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Greenville now 10th biggest N.C. city

Special teams key for East
   ECU recruit paves way for repeat win
Raleigh News & Observer

Gray's Creek's Brown leads East to all-star win
   Brown, who will attend East Carolina this fall, was named the offensive Most Valuable Player in the 60th annual NC Coaches Association East-West game.
Fayetteville Observer

East pulls away in 4th quarter
   Bodenheimer, who plans to walk on at East Carolina, said that the teams didn't like each other.
Winston Salem Journal

Countdown is on for college football
Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald

Baseball: UCLA's John Savage Discusses 2008 Season, Program's Future
   The Bruins will play consecutive weekends at Oklahoma and East Carolina before opening Pac-10 play at USC.
cstv.com

July 23, 2008
Gorgeous Grandma Day
Hot Enough For Ya Day
Leo Begins
Saint Apollinaris Feast Day

From Bonesville.net
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Batten: Football Recruiting Report
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Mom's motivation pays off for Price
-BVL: Updated Recruiting Thumbnails (Jimmy Booth)

Ashcaft Named To Cape Cod All-Star Squad
ecupirates.com

Holland envisions ECU's own sporting mini-city
Greenville Daily Reflector

ECU lands New Bern wide receiver Price
Fayetteville Observer

Dodge packs an added punch to ECU special teams
The East Carolinian

Expect rookie rushers to be all the rage
USA Today

Wallace to lead Havelock Middle
Havelock News

July 22, 2008
Health and Happiness with Hypnosis Day
Pied Piper Day
Hammock Day
Spooner's Day

Bailey: From the Anchor Desk
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Press shindigs signal kickoff is near

Bonesville.net

Women's Golf Recognized For Team GPA
ecupirates.com

From the Greenville Daily Reflector
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ECU lands a chart-topper
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New trio of hoops recruits brings new possibilities
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Around Campus: Students meet, greet and mingle at summer orientation

East-West All-Stars- Vanderford plays with the big boys
   At this point, Vanderford still expects to enroll at East Carolina and try to walk on for the Pirates.
Salisbury Post

Former Bearcat sits atop Purdue depth chart at defensive end
   "He is very powerful for a young football player," -Purdue defensive ends coach Terrell Williams, who played college football at East Carolina University,
Muncie (IN) Star Press

July 21, 2008
National Get Out of the Doghouse Day
National Junk Food Day

From Bonesville.net
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O'Brien: Pirate Notebook No. 351
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ECU sets sights on closing the deal

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O'Brien: Conference USA Notebook
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Spread attacks rule in C-USA

ECU Eclipses 20,500 In Season Ticket Sales
ecupirates.com

3 C-USA schools have big shoes to fill in backfield
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

ECU Part Of Conference Searching For BCS Recognition
wsoctv.com (AP)

Donovan's tie that binds is basketball
USA Today

KT’s look at the best of the best in high school football
Washington Daily News

 

July 27, 2008

Campbell coach Steele hoping to stay put for a while
Fayetteville Observer

Small schools show big guts
Anderson Independent Mail

Sun Belt sees fewer money games
Dothan (AL) Eagle

Reality Check- Sun Belt needs better attendance to win bowl bids
Lafayette (LA) Daily Advertiser

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
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Rodriguez addresses WVU issues at Big Ten meeting
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Slaton and Schmitt, State playing Pitt ... and more
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WVU veteran offensive line ready to go

Kicking a concern for Cutcliffe, Devils in '08
Durham Herald Sun

Predictions only heighten expectations for Tigers
Columbia (SC) State

Stewart deal done; all hands on deck for Panthers camp
Charlotte Observer

SaberCats, Soul ready to test skills at ArenaBowl
New Orleans Times Picayune

July 26, 2008

FCS not only embraces playoff format, but wants to expand it
Anderson Independent Mail

Former USC coach Woods excited about challenge he faces at VMI
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Big South takes on big experiment
Columbia (SC) State

From the Raleigh News & Observer
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Duke gets good news on recruit
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Hatchell gets new deal at UNC-CH

Paterno shows no signs of being ready to quit
Houston Chronicle

Spurrier scales back big talk
New Orleans Times Picayune

From the Greenville (SC) News
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Media pick Gamecocks to finish fourth
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Clemson's booster group shows increase

From the Charlotte Observer
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Panthers, Otah agree on contract
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Bobcats GM not looking to deal Okafor

July 25, 2008

NATIONAL: With DirecTV on board, Thompson excited in 10th year of MWC
   Mountain West Conference Commissioner Craig Thompson pointed out that the MWC has gotten exactly what it wanted by leaving EPSN and forming its own network.
Provo (UT) Daily Herald

Missing subpoena latest incident to plague Vols' venerable leader
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Pack adds game vs. Marquette
   N.C. State's 2008-09 nonconference schedule includes a home game against East Carolina on Dec.16
Charlotte Observer

BLOG: Like We Don't Get This Enough From East Carolina
   Appalachian State head coach Jerry Moore wants to play UNC. Alas, his feelings are slightly hurt that the Heels are taking McNeese State to D1-AA prom
Carolina March

From the Greensboro News-Record
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Cutcliffe gets the attention of coaches
-Keeping Prosser's memory alive

Scott makes switch to Duke
Durham Herald-Sun

Giuliani's son sues Duke, golf coach
Raleigh News & Observer

Georgia dealing with big expectations
Anderson Independent

Groh glad to have Trojans as the opener
Roanoke Times

IPTAY hauls in record $21 million
Columbia (SC) State

Taylor enjoys FAMU project
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Feelings mixed on Army football decision
   Caleb Campbell, a West Point grad was told Wednesday that he’ll have to join the Army rather than play in the NFL.  DOD policy superceded ruling of The West Point Board of Directors that would have allowed Campbell to play in the NFL this year.
Fayetteville Observer

Redskins' top draft pick out at least two weeks
Virginian Pilot

July 24, 2008

From the Birmingham News
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Alabama, Clemson to receive nearly $2 million for opening game
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SEC schools like to hire coaches with previous SEC experience, making for bigger rivalries

Rutgers' Strange Stadium Bargain 
CollegeFootballNews.com

East-West All-Stars- Quiet Catawba recruits make impression
Salisbury Post

From the Raleigh News & Observer
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Losing his sight, but gaining insight
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Kenan Stadium plan moves ahead
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Homemade knife found in Lowe II's cell
-Edwards gives ASU the edge
-CIAA returns to Durham
-BassPack duo finishes ninth

From the Virginian Pilot
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U.Va's quarterback Peter Lalich faces alcohol charge
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Grobe's return a sign of how far Demon Deacons have come

Bowls are a common postseason thread among coaches
Charlotte Observer

Slive- Clean-up results shine
Columbia (SC) State

SEC TV coverage to expand in new pacts
Memphis Commercial Appeal

July 23, 2008

Analysts like Va. Tech
   Doug Flutie says Hokies should settle on one starting quarterback.
Roanoke Times

From the Anderson Independent
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ACC commish not detered by bowl struggles
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Coaches keep things close to the vest during media days
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Bobby Bowden sidesteps questions on retirement timing

Marquee openers enticing
   Virginia Tech's proposed 2009 season opener at the Georgia Dome could be a one-night stand or a non-starter.
Hampton Roads Daily Press

Sammy Batten's predictions for ACC football season
Fayetteville Observer

From the Greenville (SC) News
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ACC happy to call expansion achievements its own
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Clemson Report- All roads lead to Tampa Bay
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South Carolina arena gets new name
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USC right fit for Hillary

From the Raleigh News & Observer
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A museum loaded with N.C. history
   The North Carolina Baseball Museum in Wilson is stocked with about 4,000 items
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BCS isn't a mess
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ACC hoping Tampa will be different
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Referees try to get in sync
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Wesley to be honored Feb. 17
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Jones' request opposed

From the Charlotte Observer
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Bobcats, Okafor at an impasse
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Stewart's car number, sponsors decided
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Smith unveils discounts for fans at LMS

From the Columbia (SC) State
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TV deal shuffles plus-one model out of game
   Pending BCS contract runs through 2014, precluding changes until after it expires
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Question time- What to expect from each coach at the SEC media days

Is this the golden age of SEC football coaches?
Birmingham News

From the Wilmington Star-News
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App State remains atop the Mountain in SoCon
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Expanded ACC still falling short in football

Sun Belt announces bowl tie-ins
New Orleans Times Picayune

July 22, 2008

Hokies still toast of coast
Roanoke Times

Clemson picked to win ACC, beat Virginia Tech for title
Hampton Roads Daily Press

From the Raleigh News & Observer
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ACC looks for vindication
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Simmons is latest to choose Duke
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Bowden on borrowed time at FSU
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Disgraced track star Marion Jones seeks reprieve

Cutcliffe preaches less fat to Duke
Greensboro News-Record

From the Durham Herald-Sun
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Watts' late free throws help East to win
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UNC-Chapel Hill picked to finish 2nd in Coastal Division
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Notebook- Little may shift focus to football

Former Tech offensive coordinator among Ga. State hires
Atlanta Journal Constitution

25 second rule this season, which may help offenses, says NCAA rules official
Birmingham News

July 21, 2008

From the Roanoke Times
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Glennon, Taylor tag team to continue
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Now a leading man
Hokies have Georgia on their minds

From The Virginian Pilot
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Va. Tech's Glennon still seeking answers to same old questions
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U.Va.'s Sintim eager to take on larger role

ACC football notebook
   In 2007, the Pirates nearly pulled a huge upset in that opener, a 17-7 loss (to Virginia Tech). The two open the season again in 2008, this time in Charlotte, not Blacksburg.
Wilmington Star-News

ACC hasn’t lived up to expansion’s expectations
Anderson Independent

The all star nobody wanted
Fayetteville Observer

Tigers may be face of ACC in 2008
Greenville (SC) News

From the Raleigh News & Observer
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History favors Atlantic division
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Nicks grabs notice

From the Durham Herald-Sun
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Duke's Oghobaase sets record straight about injury
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Williams out front in UNC-CH's underclassman leadership

USC camp draws three commitments
Columbia (SC) State

Merrow looks for place in WVU offense
Beckley (WV) Register-Herald

Redskins acquire Jason Taylor from Dolphins
Hampton Roads Daily Press

 

July 27, 2008

Britton Banowsky (07/24/08 - Sportstime Extra)
sports56whbq.com

USM closing in on record for season tickets
Jackson Clarion Ledger

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
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The optimist's view of Marshall's 2008 season
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The pessimist's view of Marshall's 2008 season

Beat the system
   Ex-TU QB tries to show he is more than just a scheme
Tulsa World

Charting the predicted major college football conference champions
USA Today

ESPN.com Ranks Tulsa Basketball 39th in Modern Era
conferenceusa.com

Success breeding familiarity
Memphis Commercial Appeal

July 26, 2008

2008 Houston Football Preview
conferenceusa.com

Herd more prepared to open practice thanks to summer commitments
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Ex-A&M kicker to transfer to SMU
Dallas Morning News

Herd ranks 168th in ESPN Prestige Rankings
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Calipari coveting top point guards
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Kevin Smith's rookie diary on Detroit Lions' Web site
Orlando Sentinel

July 25, 2008

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
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Herd enriched in C-USA
   Herd riches -- Marshall University's revenue share from Conference USA climbed 20.5 percent in the Herd's third year in the Texas-based league
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For Randy Moss, there's no place like home
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Bradshaw's probation violation among Giants' concerns

UTEP may set season-ticket record
   The program, which hosts the University of Texas and arch-rival New Mexico State, is on pace to break its all-time season-ticket sales mark of 21,175, set two years ago.
El Paso Times

College football remains a hot ticket
   At UCF, sales for last year's Conference USA champs are up 400 tickets over last year
Miami Herald

USM ready to open new chapter with Fedora
Biloxi Sun Herald

Freshman getting shot, if back is OK
Hattiesburg American

From the Orlando Sentinel
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UCF season tickets will ship Monday
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Calipari- Justin Timberlake is the new Frank Sinatra

Calipari experienced in keeping Memphis afloat
Raleigh News & Observer (AP)

Tigers pique interest of standout big man
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From the Tulsa World
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Hurricane surges ahead in bracketology game
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TU basketball releases nonconference schedule
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Deep snapper decides on Tulsa

From conferenceusa.com
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UCF Baseball Completes Coaching Staff with Addition of Smith
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Memphis Head Coach John Calipari Teleconference Quotes

July 24, 2008

From conferenceusa.com
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Tulane's Jones Promotes Chad Sutter to Associate Head Baseball Coach
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Owls Watts and Riverin Gain Valuable Experience in China
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Tim McClements Named SMU Men's Soccer Head Coach

Opponent preview- Tulsa
Charleston (WV) Gazette

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
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Cann leading Herd QB derby -- by example
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Herd enriched in C-USA; Power gains when Brewer goes

Big wins on C-USA wish list
Tulsa World (07.20.08)

From the Hattiesburg American
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Freshman getting shot, if back is OK
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Brown has talent to back hype
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USM coach talks offense to Petal club

A great year on the college gridiron ahead
   Even though the way Jeff Bower was shown the door was borderline classless, even the most ardent Bower supporter must admit that new head coach Larry Fedora has brought some excitement to Hattiesburg.
Kosciusko (MS) Star Herald

Q&A- Rice football coach David Bailiff
Houston Chronicle

Kevin Smith reaches deal with Lions in time for training camp
Orlando Sentinel

Leaders think team will be solid this season
El Paso Times

July 23, 2008

A look at the best of Conference USA
CollegeFootballNews.com

Tiger coach contract extension
   West set to lead team through 2012
Memphis Commercial Appeal

From conferenceusa.com
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Calipari To Guest Host On Fox Sports National TV Show Wednesday and Thursday
-Tulsa's Wojcik, Cason Promoted to Associate Head Basketball Coaches
-UCF Pitcher Allen Voted onto Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball All-Star Team

From the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail
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Participation high at MU workouts
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Provancha will be at MU camp
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Photos from Marshall workouts

Love for football a common thread for players
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

From the Tulsa World
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TU promotes basketball assistant coaches
-C-USA Media Day Notebook
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Q&A with former TU QB Paul Smith

Jesuit RB Jason commits to Tulane
New Orleans Times Picayune

O’Leary Not Backing Down
   UCF coach George O’Leary maintained his vow not to speak to the Orlando Sentinel and wouldn’t talk to any media at Conference USA’s media day if a Sentinel reporter was present
WFLA

More notes from Conference USA football media day
Orlando Sentinel

July 22, 2008

How to break BCS barrier? Just win, baby
   Five years after realignment, Conference USA football teams still have their work cut out for them to gain credibility on a national level.
Jackson Clarion Ledger

Opponent preview- Rice
Charleston (WV) Gazette

Marshall hopes late 2007 improvement fuels '08 season
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

Spillman, Slate visit children's hospital
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

UCF looking to earn C-USA BCS attention
   Repeat conference title in sights of O'Leary's squad
UT The Daily Texan (AP)

Leaders think team will be solid this season
El Paso Times

Frizzelle Signs With Owls
conferenceusa.com

SMU Mustangs' AD has a winning blueprint
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Southlake Carroll QB commits to SMU
Dallas Morning News

From the Tulsa World
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Shared quandary
   TU is not alone in looking for a starting quarterback
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TU promotes basketball assistant coaches

July 21, 2008

From conferenceusa.com
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2008 C-USA Football Media Day
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Selected Media Day Quotes (.pdf)

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal
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Can't duck the truth- It's time to talk football
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Tiger defender hopes season big as billed
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Tigers' turnaround stays on course

From the Birmingham News
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New coaches learn their way around
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Conference USA Media Day Notebook

C-USA Media Day Notebook
Tulsa World

Marshall dismisses defensive back after second arrest in six weeks
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail

From the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
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Snyder dismisses Johnson from team
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Herd veterans eager to turn 2007 lessons into '08 wins
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Media day a reunion for C-USA coaches

Fedora praises top recruit for executing eligibility plan
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

UTEP lowers parking prices for football games
El Paso Times